The Pegan 365 Diet: FAQ

Get your questions about the Pegan 365 diet answered here!

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Combining the best and healthiest aspects of the both the Vegan and Paleo diets comes the Pegan 365 diet plan that is guaranteed to help you lose weight and keep it off. Pegan 365 helps teach you how to eat healthier while still being able to enjoy life's little indulgences. This diet will completely change your mindset and relationship with food and help you easily make better choices for your health and your body. If you're just getting started on the plan but still have questions, this FAQ page is here to help. Check out the most-asked Pegan 365 questions and find out the answers to help you succeed on the diet. 

The Paleo Diet and the Vegan Diet seem like opposites of each other. How does this diet include both?

Although the Paleo Diet and the Vegan Diet have some differences, the key to Pegan 365 is what they have in common. Both the Paleo Diet and the Vegan Diet emphasize the importance of eating real, fresh food. They also both discourage eating processed foods, too many carbohydrates, and dairy. As long as you follow our simple 5-4-3-2-1 formula, you’ll be eating all the right things. It is possible to be paleo and vegan at the same time!

If I skip meals, will I lose more weight?

Although skipping meals will mean you are eating fewer calories and might lose more weight, we do not recommend it for this diet. Our 5-4-3-2-1 formula is designed to make sure you get all of the right nutrients each day, and if you skip meals or portions you may not be getting all of the fuel your body needs to survive.

How long should I stay on this diet?

The “365” in “Pegan 365” means this is a year-round diet. We want you to lose weight and keep it off for good, and sticking with this long-term plan is the best way to make that happen. If you want to stay on the diet longer than 365 days, even better! With Pegan 365 we’re not only giving you dieting tips, we’re teaching you lifestyle skills so you can easily stay on the diet as long as you want.

What should I drink while on this diet?

Water is best unless what you’re drinking is part of the diet plan. For example, one of the breakfast options is a Pegan smoothie with nut butter, almond milk, banana, and spinach.

What if I am still hungry after eating all of my portions?

Pegan 365 suggests you eat 5+ cups of vegetables, 4 carbs, 3 proteins, 2 fats, and 1 non-dairy food. But sometimes you might have a busy day and will still be hungry after this. The key is the fact that you are not limited to 5 cups of vegetables, you can have 5 PLUS!  So pick your favorite non-starchy vegetables and eat as many extra servings as you want! We don’t want you to go hungry.

Is there a daily calorie limit?

The recommended number of calories per day to maintain your weight is usually around 2,000 calories, but this depends on your age, sex, and activity level. However, the good news is that with Pegan 365 you don’t have to count calories! We will tell you how big your servings are and how many servings you should be having, so you don’t have to do any of that pesky counting yourself. Remember, just think 5-4-3-2-1!

I don’t usually eat meat. Do I have to eat meat to stay on this plan?

Although eating lean meat is a part of the Paleo Diet, you do not need to eat meat to stay on this plan. Instead, your proteins each day can include beans, tofu, tempeh, and seeds.

I love dairy. Do I really have to stop eating it?

On the typical day, Pegan 365 does not include any dairy. However, we know it may be hard to say goodbye to dairy for good, which is why Pegan 365 includes a weekly cheat day! It’s your birthday and you want chocolate birthday cake? Go for it!  Craving a slice of cheese pizza? Enjoy! You can plan your cheat days for whenever you want and don’t have to worry about giving up your favorite foods forever.

Can I eat snacks?

With this diet, we’re just telling you what to eat – not when! You are free to space out your servings however you like, including eating snacks between meals.

How do I know what to buy?

We’ve done all of the hard work for you and have a list of what you should be looking for at the grocery store. Stay tuned to the show and keep an eye out on DoctorOz.com to see our lists of vegetables, healthy fats, paleo and vegan proteins, fruits, grains, spices, and sauces.

I’m taking medications. Could this diet affect how they work?

Certain medications, like blood thinners or medications for diabetes, are affected by the foods you eat. If you’re on medications, discuss with your doctor whether dramatically changing your diet will affect how your medications work before starting the diet.

I’ve been doing this diet for a few days, but I’m starting to feel sick. What should I do?

If you start to notice changes in your health as a result of the diet, go back to your regular diet and consult a doctor immediately. If your symptoms are serious, call 911.

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